MA Attorney Generals Distressed Properties Identification and Revitalization Program

Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office awarded five Montachusett communities a grant to address foreclosed and distressed properties which is administered by the Montachusett Regional Planning Commission.  The town of Ashburnham is the lead community.  The communities of Ashburnham, Athol, Fitchburg, Leominster and Winchendon participate in the program.

The DPIR Grant was created to mitigate the impacts of the foreclosure crisis by identifying distressed and vacant bank or creditor Real Estate Owned properties (REO) in order for municipalities to advocate for prompt rehabilitation. The goal of DPIR Grant program is to not only identify and prioritize a list of REO properties in eligible municipalities, but to ensure that the property owners comply with all state and local ordinances to bring properties into a state of good repair. Maps of identified REO Properties and their status are available by clicking the community name below.

MRPC works with appropriate registers of deeds, municipal departments and the Warren Group to identify properties and then advocates for proper rehabilitation and  the return of the properties to productive residential use. If further enforcement is needed, the properties identified can also be referred to the Attorney General’s Abandoned Housing Initiative (AHI).

Through this program, As of  October 1, 2015, 122 REO properties in the above-mentioned communities have been return to residential use.

For more information, please contact Brian Keating, Community Development Manager at (978)345-7376 extension 305.

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